Guidelines for Contributors & Reviewers
Dear Contributors and Reviewers,
Before submitting to or reviewing for this journal, we invite you to read papers in the journal and the information in this section: about the journal to familiarise yourself with the ethos and objectives of the journal.
Some things to hold in mind...
- This is a relationally oriented practice journal. While the focus is on systemic practice and research, it can include other related relational practice and theory.
- The focus is on systemic and relational practice across different professions and disciplines. In particular, on the aesthetics and science of movement, coordination, sound, balance, effect and so on.
- Practitioner writing is a form of inquiry with a commitment to transparency and providing much contextual detail.
- Contributors and reviewers are expected to speak in the first person and write or create audio-visual pieces with an audience in mind.
- Papers need to demonstrate critical thinking about the cultural and socio-political contexts in which practice, the life of practitioners and their conversational partners are taking place.
- Papers need to reflect a balance of sources/references which reflect ethnicity, gender, age, culture, sexual orientation and other areas of lived experience, history or identity which have been or are subject to oppression.
- Please find ways of including rich and reflexive discussion with other writers from systemic and other disciplines.
- This is a trans-professional and international journal so please explain all terms and describe the context for your subject or practice clearly, and describe institutions or cultural practices in your community or country.
- Papers are normally between 4500 - 7500 words.
- Please submit your paper through the website.
- Multimedia: Send the editors an email describing your submission and why you think it is suited to Murmurations. Include a Dropbox or WeTransfer
- We will acknowledge receipt of your submission and send it to be reviewed anonymously by two reviewers.
- You will usually receive feedback within 8 weeks.
Writing a Review
Reviewers, please read 12 Steps to Writing a Review. Do suggest any amendments to this guidance.
- Accept with No Changes.
- Accept with Minor Revisions (e.g. some minor restructuring, typographical, grammatical, minor additional content needed)
- Accept with Major Revisions (e.g. significant restructuring, improvement in writing style, additional content, or critical thinking)
- Reject (with recommendation for alternative routes to sharing/publication if possible).
- Reviewers are invited to review a paper and need to accept or decline to review the paper.
- Accepted reviews sent to reviewer who has 6 weeks to review the paper and submit decision with feedback to Editors.
- Editors communicate decision and feedback to writers.
- Writers have 8 weeks to respond to feedback and resubmit.
- Reviewers may be asked to review the resubmission.
- Once the review process is complete, i) contributors receive a letter from the Editors informing them of the outcome; ii) the Editors send each reviewer a copy of the other reviewer's report and the Editor's decision letter.